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Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: January 24, 2021

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24Jan2021

Hope you had a great week and are staying safe out there. Hopefully you had a chance to keep up with what's new with Royal Caribbean this week. But if not, here's a roundup of this week's news.

Royal Caribbean Group Chairman and CEO Richard Fain shared a new video with travel partners that answers the question of how can he be hopeful for the near-term future when we are inundated with terrible news every day.

"We are approaching the point where we can run out the clock on this terrible disease."

Mr. Fain has been releasing video updates every few weeks that share his thoughts on what is happening currently with the global health crisis, as well as providing hints at cruises being able to restart.

This week's video focuses on projections of estimated infections, and how over the course of the spring and early summer, a combination of vaccine rollout and other rule changes could bring the daily count down.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 390th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available and we take an in-depth look at cruising from Australia.

Did you hear about the new cruises from Barbados that Royal Caribbean just announced? This week's episode breaks down the announcement and what these new sailings mean.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

New RCB Video: Cruise questions first time cruisers are too shy to ask!

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — Cruise questions first time cruisers are too shy to ask! — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

4 futuristic ideas Royal Caribbean has for cruise ships

Technology innovates constantly, and Royal Caribbean has never been one to shy away from leveraging new advances to improve the guest experience.

Most recently, the cruise line rolled out a virtual muster drill that not only solves a social distancing problem, but also addresses a negative guest experience that has been an issue for decades.

Royal Caribbean has plans for other next generation transformations to the cruise ship experience, and some have already been filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Whether or not these products ever see the light of day is another question, but here are some of the more intriguing and futuristic ideas that might be coming to a cruise ship near you sometime soon.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: January 17, 2021

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17Jan2021

Happy weekend! We hope you are enjoying a wonderful and relaxing weekend and managing to stay warm. Now it is time to sit back with a cuppa tea or java, and check out the latest in Royal Caribbean cruise news.

Unfortunately, there was a new round of cancelled cruises announced this week.

Royal Caribbean announced it has cancelled all of its March and April sailings, with two exception: Quantum of the Seas sailings from Singapore and China sailings on Spectrum of the Seas, February 16-28, are suspended.

It also means there will officially have been no Royal Caribbean cruises from the United States for exactly one year, as the global cruise shutdown began in mid-March 2020. 

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 389th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Matt catches up with Sheri from CruiseTipsTV.

We're starting off the new year on the right foot by catching up and talking cruises with Sheri.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

New RCB Video: 7 things I wish more cruisers knew about going on a cruise

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — 7 things I wish more cruisers knew about going on a cruise — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: January 10, 2021

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10Jan2021

Welcome to this week's round-up of all the Royal Caribbean news and happenings.  Hope you are staying warm and are ready to cozy up to some great Royal Caribbean fun.

A new bill proposed in the Florida Legislature could overrule Key West's cruise ship ban.

Florida Senate Bill 426: State Preemption of Seaport Regulations, filed on January 5, 2021 by Senator Jim Boyd, aims to give the State of Florida oversight of Florida’s seaport regulations such as the regulation of commerce in state seaports, and to provide exceptions. Boyd’s bill includes language preventing a local government from restricting or regulating commerce in a Florida seaport.

This bill sounds like it could get around Key West's recent ban of cruise ships, which was voted on by Key West residents during the November 2020 election.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 388th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Matt talks about how to plan a cruise this year.

There are so many challenges to planning a cruise in 2021, so Matt breaks down what you need to know about preparing for a potential cruise this year.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

New RCB Video: Should you make final payment for your cruise?

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — Should you make final payment for your cruise? — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Things I've done that I'll never do again on a Royal Caribbean cruise

There are so many things you can do on a Royal Caribbean cruise, but there a few activities or offerings I'll skip next time I'm onboard.

While the vast majority of what the cruise line offers is terrific, there are a few things that I personally did not care for. 

The good news, is I have since learned from these experiences and wanted to share what I came up against to help you decide what to do on your sailing.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: January 3, 2021

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03Jan2021

Welcome to the first week of 2021, and here is your look at all of the Royal Caribbean news you might have missed in the past week.

A group of cruisers on Quantum of the Seas are being investigated by Singapore after they posted photos of themselves not wearing masks onboard.

A number of photos show the group posing for photos without wearing a mask and standing less than 1 meter apart, which is a breach of the stringent rules for cruise ships in the region.

Royal Caribbean has received permission from the Singapore government to conduct these sailings, which are pilot cruises that must meet all requirements and guidelines for safe cruising.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 387th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, featuring a cruise story about Bryan's Freedom of the Seas cruise.

A lot of things can happen on a cruise, and in some cases a series of unfortunate events can start things off poorly.  Bryan shares how a few early setbacks did not ruin his cruise vacation.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

New RCB Video: 15 amazing facts about Royal Caribbean cruise ships

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — 15 amazing facts about Royal Caribbean cruise ships — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Quantum of the Seas Live Blog

Check out a live report from the only Royal Caribbean cruise ship sailing right now, Quantum of the Seas!

Each day since Christmas, the Singapore Cruise Society have shared with us a live look at what is happening on Quantum of the Seas.

You can catch up on what it's like to be on a cruise ship with all of their updates:

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: December 27, 2020

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27Dec2020

Happy New Year! Before we pop champagne and toast to a better year next year, we have a look back at all the Royal Caribbean news from this week to share.

Earlier this week, The Port of Galveston said they have been told by Royal Caribbean plans for a new cruise terminal are still a go for 2021.

During the monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees of Galveston Wharves, the Port of Galveston reported that Cruise Terminal 3 is still scheduled to begin construction in April 2021 so that it can be ready to open in October 2022. 

The new Terminal 3 in Galveston will be built on 10 acres of land at Pier 10, and will be used exclusively by Royal Caribbean.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 386th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, featuring an interview with two Royal Caribbean executives discussing the legacy of Empress and Majesty of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean announced it has sold two cruise ships, and this week, Ken Rush and Raimund Gschaider join me to say farewell to Majesty and Empress of the Seas with a look back each ship's legacy.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

New RCB Video: Top 8 things people that cruise a lot say all the time!

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — Top 8 things people that cruise a lot say all the time! — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Quantum of the Seas Live Blog

Did you know this week we have a live blog running from the only Royal Caribbean cruise ship sailing right now?

Our friends at Singapore Cruise Society are on Quantum of the Seas and sharing daily updates from the ship.

You can catch up on what it's like to be on a cruise ship with all of their updates:

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: December 20, 2020

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20Dec2020

Merry Christmas! The holidays are here, and so is our weekly round up of this week's Royal Caribbean news.

There was a lot of Royal Caribbean news this week, but the big news was Royal Caribbean's announcement it has sold two of its cruise ships.

Majesty of the Seas and Empress of the Seas have been sold to an undisclosed buyer in the Asia-Pacific region that will release details for future sailings at a later time.

Both ships will depart the fleet later this month and guests who had cruises booked on either vessel will be contacted with their options for rebooking or cancellation.

The news was met with cruise fans and cruise line executives sharing fond memories of both ships, and bidding farewell to two classic vessels.

Read more: A last look at Majesty of the Seas

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 385th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, discussing the restart of cruises on Quantum of the Seas.

Chris Gray Faust from Cruise Critic joins Matt this week to break down Royal Caribbean's first cruise ship to restart operations.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

New RCB Video: How to choose the right Alaska cruise

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — How to choose the right Alaska cruise — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

5 plans Royal Caribbean will and won’t be able to do in 2021

The new year is right around the corner and Royal Caribbean had some pretty big plans for 2021 before everything changed in 2020.

While there have been significant delays and changes to Royal Caribbean's plans, there are still some projects moving forward and others not so much.

Here is a look at what we can and cannot expect from Royal Caribbean next year.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: December 13, 2020

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13Dec2020

Good news, we are all one week closer to our next Royal Caribbean cruise!  In case you missed any of the Royal Caribbean fun from this week, here is our weekly round up!

Many cruise fans were happy to hear that Royal Caribbean has extended the opportunity to earn double loyalty program points on 2021 cruises.

The Loyalty 2X Points benefit has been extended as a result of some of the recently cancelled cruises in early 2021.

There is no change to existing 2021 cruises booked, as they already qualify for the benefit as well.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 384th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available and this week, Matt and Billy make wishes for cruising in 2021.

Each year, Billy and Matt look back on the wishes they made for the year and make new wishes for the coming year.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

New RCB Video: 5 biggest changes on first Royal Caribbean cruise ship back!

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — 5 biggest changes on first Royal Caribbean cruise ship back — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Top 5 odd annoyances on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Every cruise ship has its quirks, including a few on Royal Caribbean that leave some guests baffled why it was designed that way.

In general, ship design is quite good across the fleet and the teams that sketched these vessels anticipated a lot of needs, but occasionally there is a peculiarity that we all seem to notice.

Here is a look at the top five odd annoyances on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that you may have encountered yourself.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: December 6, 2020

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06Dec2020

Happy December! We cannot believe that we are already one full week into the month – there is so much going on with holiday preparation and shopping and baking!

The big news this week was the first Royal Caribbean cruise ship in almost nine months successfully completed her first revenue sailing in Singapore.

Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas completed its first cruise after careful planning with Singapore's health and tourism authorities.

This is the first cruise ship to be able to resume operations, and it is limited to residents of Singapore. Quantum sails 3- and 4-night cruises with no port stops, which Royal Caribbean calls "ocean getaways".

You can check out our live blog from onboard Quantum of the Seas to see all the changes:

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 383rd episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is available to enjoy, which is a discussion of where travel is today and what the short-term future holds.

It feels like we're at a crossroads right now with travel, and this week Len Testa joins Matt to discuss what the future may hold for travel and cruises in the coming year.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it..

New video: How To Pick A Perfect First Cruise!

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — How To Pick A Perfect First Cruise! — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

New Europe summer 2022 cruises are available to book

Royal Caribbean has released its Europe 2022 cruises, which are available to book now.

There are new ways to explore Europe in summer 2022 with a fresh mix of ships, new itineraries and destinations across the region – from Italy and Israel to the British Isles and the Arctic Circle.

Guests can experience culture-rich adventures on board ships new to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe with Brilliance of the Seas sailing roundtrip from Venice, Italy and Voyager of the Seas launching her first season in the Baltic Sea – the first in the Voyager Class to do so. A game-changing lineup of guest favorites, Anthem, Allure and Odyssey of the Seas – Royal Caribbean’s second Quantum Ultra Class ship debuting in 2021 – will return to their respective homeports in Southampton, England; Barcelona and Rome to create a summer of memory-making in Europe’s most sought-after destinations.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: November 29, 2020

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29Nov2020

Happy Sunday and Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday with family and friends! There is a lot of Royal Caribbean news to share this week.

Royal Caribbean will not sell any cruises longer than 7-nights until further notice in order to comply with new rules by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The CDC's Framework for Conditional Sailing Order stipulates that cruises longer than 7 nights and call on a U.S. port are not allowed while the CSO is in effect.

Therefore, Royal Caribbean sailings between Jan. 1 and Nov. 1, 2021 are "temporarily paused" while Royal Caribbean determines what to do with them.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 382nd episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is available to enjoy, where we learn how Royal Caribbean developed the concept for the Central Park neighborhood.

Royal Caribbean's Kelly Gonzalez shares the story of how Central Park went from idea, to test, to failure, to new idea and eventually success.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

New video: 8 NOT STUPIDEST purchases I made to bring on a cruise

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — 8 NOT STUPIDEST purchases I made to bring on a cruise — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Odyssey of the Seas has been floated out!

Royal Caribbean's next new cruise ship was succesfully floated out from her shipyard hall on Saturday, reaching a major milestone in her construction.

Ship building Meyer Werft shared photos of Odyssey of the Seas being pulled out of the shipyard by tugboat and docked just outside the hall.

Now that Odyssey of the Seas is docked outside, more work will be done to add features to her, including the addition of the North Star observation pod.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: November 22, 2020

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22Nov2020

Happy Sunday! Temperatures may be dropping, but there is plenty of Royal Caribbean news to share. This is your weekly summary of all the Royal Caribbean news from this past week, perfectly fitted for your consumption.

This week's top story had one hundred thousand reasons why it was big news because Royal Caribbean is seeing strong demand for people volunteering for test cruises.

In less than a week, Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley shared on social media that Royal Caribbean has received over 100,000 people sign up as a volunteer for its test cruises through an online form.

The sign ups are for test cruises that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) require cruise lines to conduct prior to regular cruises being approved for restart in the United States.

On Thursday of last week, Royal Caribbean published an online signup form to allow anyone who is at least 18 years old to sign up after receiving thousands of inquiries from the public about how they could sign up to be a test cruiser.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 381st episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is available to enjoy, where Matt and Ashley take a deep dive into the CDC's requirements for cruises to be able to restart.

The CDC laid out 40 pages detailing what cruise lines have to do if they want to get approval to cruise again.  This week's podcast episode looks at the important information you need to know about these requirements.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

New RCB Video: 5 Positive signs that cruises are coming back soon!

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — 5 Positive signs that cruises are coming back soon! — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Royal Caribbean will finally offer cruises to Bermuda from Florida

If you have ever wanted to visit Bermuda on a cruise without going out of the Northeast, 2022 might be the year for you.

Royal Caribbean released its 2022 Caribbean cruises earlier this week, and included with the array of choices is a new itinerary that offers an overnight stay in Bermuda from Port Canaveral.

Mariner of the Seas will introduce sailings from Florida to Bermuda, which is something that has not been offered in any recent memory.

These 8-night cruises will include two days in Kings Wharf, before heading to Nassau for a late night stay and then a full day at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

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